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Educational Programming for Academically Talented Students

Philosophy

The mission of the Avon Lake City Schools, a District committed to personalized educational excellence, is to challenge students and develop their individual goals through community partnerships, resources, and technology, which will produce responsible, compassionate citizens. In the Educational Program for Academically Talented, intellectually able students follow a curriculum that attempts to achieve this goal. The students experience activities and programs that develop and challenge their abilities to think critically. The program focus is one of rigor and relevance, which will prepare students to face the challenges of the 21st Century.

Identification

Gifted identification is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Education guidelines:

Screening - Students are screened in Grades 2 and 5 using the InView test of cognitive abilities. Students in grades 2-8 are screened in Math and Reading using the Measure of Academic Performance (MAPs).

Assessment - Following screening, small group and individual assessments are provided for potentially gifted students using the CogAT, Woodcock Johnson, Stanford, and/or OLSAT.

Written Education Plans - Each year, Written Education plans are prepared for all students who are identified and served.

Referral - Students can be referred for assessment by parents, teachers, or students in September and April (twice yearly). Referral forms are available in the office of each building and online.

Assurances - The District meets the ODE requirements for evaluation of students who are culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, students with physical and sensory disabilities and students who have limited English proficiency. The District identifies using only state-approved tests which are administered by trained personnel.

Acceleration - The District has a state-approved plan in place.

Outside Testing - The District will accept outside test results , if they appear on the state-approved list.

Transfer Students - The District will review testing from previous schools to determine whether students qualify for service and/or further assessments.

Appeal - The District has an appeals process for decisions regarding screening and identification. The initial step in the process is to submit a written statement to the building principal explaining the reason(s) for the appeal of identification.

Withdrawal - The District has procedures by which parents can withdraw their students from service if they feel the child is unsuccessful in the service or that the service is not meeting the needs of the child. Parents should contact the Curriculum Director or Gifted Intervention Specialist for an initial conference.

Identification Process
Grades 3 and 4 S.O.A.R.

Students of Academic Rigor

Criteria for entrance into S.O.A.R includes a score at the 95th percentile or higher in Math and/or Reading on the MAPs beginning in Grade 2, in addition to a cognitive score of 124 or higher. Service is guided by a Written Education Plan (WEP). Students will participate in a once-weekly full-day pullout immersion program which includes standards-based enrichment in all content areas, opportunities to participate in competitions, development of critical thinking skills, and county-wide enrichment programs.

K-4 Enrichment Classroom Support

Students scoring at the 95th percentile or higher in Math or Reading on MAPs will engage with the Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) and general education teacher, who will work collaboratively to provide rigor and differentiated instruction. Service is guided by a Written Education Plan (WEP).

Grades 5-12 Academic Core Placement

Students with a cognitive score of 128 or higher and/or 95th percentile or higher in any combination of the academic areas of Math, Reading, Science, or Social Studies may have the opportunity to participate in course selections, competitions, and involvement in county-wide enrichment programs. Service is guided by a Written Education Plan (WEP).

The identification process is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Education guidelines.  The Avon Lake City Schools’ gifted identification plan identifies students in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and visual and/or performing arts ability.  The identification process consists of three phases: screening, assessment, and identification.

Program Services 2017-2018

Avon Lake Principals
Eastview Elementary 440.933.6283
Mr. Jamie Franko

Erieview Elementary 440.933.6282
Mr. David Schindler

Redwood Elementary 440.933.5145
Mr. T.J. Ebert

Westview Elementary 440.933.8131
Mr. Nick Moore

Troy Intermediate 440.933.2701
Mr. Andrew Peltz

Learwood Middle School 440.933.8142
Dr. Vishtasp Nuggud

Avon Lake High School
Mr. Joseph Mueller 440.933.6290

Avon Lake Gifted Intervention Specialists

Mrs. Cathy Brady
Erieview and Redwood Elementary
catherine.brady@avonlakecityschools.org

Mrs. Alice Ogonek
Eastview and Westview Elementary
alice.ogonek@avonlakecityschools.org

Mrs. Kristin Castrilla
Troy Intermediate and Learwood Middle
kristin.castrilla@avonlakecityschools.org

Avon Lake City Schools

Mr. Robert Scott,
Superintendent

Ms. Natalie Fior,
Curriculum Director

Ms. Cathy Fischer,
ESCLC Gifted Supervisor

Avon Lake City Schools

175 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
440.933.0984